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First look at Netflix's new psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh

Ali Condon

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First look at Netflix's new psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh

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If Don't Worry Darling just didn't give you enough of your Florence Pugh fix, then you're in luck - she'll be back sooner than you think in a brand new Netflix thriller.

The psychological drama, set in 1862 in the Irish Midlands, is an adaption on the best selling novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue, the author of Room, so you just know it's going to be good.

Netflix released a trailer for the film today, (4 October) and it looks like one you're not going to want to miss:

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The Wonder tells the story of English Nightingale Nurse Lib Wright (Florence Pugh) who is called a visit a devout community in Ireland.

While she's there, she'll be tasked with conducting a two-week examination on an 11-year-old girl named Anna O'Donnell (Kíla Lord Cassidy), who claims not to have eaten for four months, surviving only on 'manna from heaven'.

In the trailer, Lib and another local nurse are told that they will take eight-hour watch shifts of Anna before they 'present [their] separate testimony' on what they've witnessed.

When she first examines Anna, Lib can be seen asking the healthy-looking girl: "Are you nervous at all", to which she simply replies: "Why should I be nervous?"

But, as Anna's health rapidly deteriorates, Lib is determined to unearth the truth, challenging the faith of a religious community that would prefer to stay believing.

Florence will play English nurse Lib in the new drama. Credit: Netflix
Florence will play English nurse Lib in the new drama. Credit: Netflix

It sounds like Lib will have her work cut out for her, with locals heard in the trailer complaining that it was 'a terrible mistake to bring a nurse here. An English nurse'.

Tensions are still high between the Irish and the English at this point, just 13 years after the Great Irish Famine - so Lib will have a hard time getting to the bottom of things if she wants the locals on her side.

The Wonder is inspired by the true phenomenon of the 'fasting girl' cases from the Victorian era.

Some young girls became famous in this period over claims they could live without food, which was regarded at the time as a miracle.

The film comes to Netflix this November. Credit: Netflix
The film comes to Netflix this November. Credit: Netflix

Alongside Pugh and Cassidy, the film will star Ciarán Hinds (Harry Potter), Tom Burke (The Musketeers), Elaine Cassidy (Harper's Island), Niamh Algar (The Virtues), and Toby Jones (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom).

The film has already premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival - where it was met with rave reviews - and will play this week at BFI London Film Festival.

The Wonder will hit select UK cinemas on 2 November before it lands on Netflix on 16 November.

Topics: TV And Film, Netflix

Ali Condon
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